Monday, September 4, 2017

Yard Critter of the Week

Northern Water Snake.

Attentive readers will recall that this species has been featured on the blog before.


A resident species since before we moved in. We first saw it on our visits here before we bought our place in the wilds of the Pinelands. There have been at least two (seen at the same time), and perhaps more, that have called out ponds home.


That first one was quite calm around humans. So much so that my brother in law didn't believe it was real. The snake was sunning itself just off the deck as we were eating dinner. No way a snake would be that calm with all the commotion just feet away. He (my brother in law Dano, not the snake) jumped back when I touched it and it moved!

(Dano is not a fan of snakes.)

((I don't know what snakes think of Dano. I think he's ok.))


This one is patrolling our back pond, which has plenty of tasty frogs and tadpoles. And just maybe one less sunfish?

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